Skysports.com understands Man City striker Jo has emerged as a transfer target for Hoffenheim.
Bundesliga leaders ponder City swoop
Skysports.com understands Manchester City striker Jo has emerged as a transfer target for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
The Brazil international has struggled to adapt to the Premier League since moving to England in the summer from CSKA Moscow.
A fine record in Russian football saw Jo command a fee in the region of £18million after 44 goals in 77 games caught City's eye.
However, it has not proved to be a productive move for either party, with Jo currently on the periphery of Mark Hughes' starting XI.
Hoffenheim have been alerted to Jo's possible availability and are keen to take him on loan until the end of the season, as they bid to keep on track their unexpected title tilt.
An injury to star striker Vedad Ibisevic that has ruled him out for the rest of the season has heightened their need for striking reinforcements.
The Bundesliga new boys only won promotion last season but top the table as Germany's top flight reconvenes after a winter break this weekend.
Hoffenheim have previously been linked with Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.